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Marine Weather Warnings - Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
for LARGE HAILSTONES, HEAVY RAINFALL and DAMAGING WIND
For people in parts of the
Mid North Coast and
Hunter Forecast Districts.

Issued at 3:18 am Friday, 25 April 2014.

Severe thunderstorms may produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead
to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several
hours. Locations which may be affected include Taree, Newcastle and Maitland.


The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available
place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES [NSW and ACT] on 132
500.


The next warning is due to be issued by 6:20 am.

If severe thunderstorms develop in Sydney Newcastle Wollongong or surrounding
areas, a more detailed Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued to people in
this area.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency
Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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